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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Stay Little, I Say

Every once in a while I will pull Big Girl on my lap and realize, as she spills out of it, how much she’s grown. I will invariably ask her to please stop growing — just for a little while. She laughs and tells me that she will try. After a beat she tells me, [...]

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It is no secret that I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Love it. One of my favorite things about the store is tucked way in the back along the left wall: the sample counter. Yesterday, they were sampling Checkerboard Mousse Cake ($6.99.). Are you freakin’ kidding me? So sweet and smushy and yummy. I couldn’t buy it. [...]

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Is Santa Real, She Asks

We’re driving home from a wonderful playdate. Big Girl is ensconced in the back seat. I’m asking her what she did for more than five hours. (The girls play so nicely together extended playdates are possible.) She tells me about how they put on a play and how they made gift bags for Santa, complete [...]

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Yesterday, four people neglected to pick up their CSA boxes. Four! That meant that I had more than 100 carrots, eight bunches of broccoli, four large bags of potatoes, four large bags of sweet potatoes, four butternut squashes — there was a lot more, but you get the picture. A lot of fresh, organic produce. [...]

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Foods that Poor People Eat

I can remember sitting down to snacks of powdered mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese. (Even as a child I craved carbs!) I’d come home to an empty house and want to eat something. My mom was not one to buy a lot of junk food, but she did buy boxed side dishes. And so [...]

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The past few Sundays — as her sister naps — Big Girl and I have been going for bike rides. We travel a half mile east, another half mile north, and then head east, north, and east again until we get to a local park. Inside, we slip onto the bike-only track. I won’t lie: [...]

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Naked Old People Rock

My writer friend Joan Price is pretty incredible. She’s a fitness and dance instructor, motivational speaker, and an author. She reviews sex toys. She line dances. She’s written two books: Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty and her soon to be released tome, Naked at Our Age. Not surprisingly, she [...]

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Before I go any deeper into this post: For the record I feel very, very bad for Eva Longoria. She seems truly devastated. A few years ago she seemed like she was truly in love, so she must be in agony today. It is horrible and stupid that her husband Tony Parker strayed, even if [...]

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She Stole My Mop

I have a cleaning person. I feel guilty about this, although I know I shouldn’t. I’ve got two kids, an injured husband who isn’t around a lot, and I work full-time. If a cleaning lady lets me, for example, spend more time with the girls and less time cleaning bathrooms she is well worth the [...]

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November 15 is America Recycles Day, brought to you by the Keep America Beautiful folks. (Remember, the people who offered us up the Native American who cries commercials?) This holiday is basically a nationwide call for Americans to make a renewed (or first) commitment to recycling. Me, I’ve been recycling for years, but I’ve only [...]

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